2018 - The Shoot tops £3m for charity

Celebrity chef Nick Nairn, along with Scottish rugby players Alex Dunbar, Stuart Hogg and DTH van der Merwe, joined over 400 people at Auchterhouse Country Sports near Dundee, (12 August), for the 17th charity shoot organised by CR Smith Executive Chairman, Gerard Eadie CBE.

More than £240,000 was raised on the day, which will be distributed to Maggie’s Cancer Centres, JDRF, HorseBack UK, Seamab and Polar Academy.

The Shoot has now raised over £3m for a variety of charities.

Organised and run by CR Smith staff, the Shoot has the support of big name sponsors including Adam & Company, Entier, Brewin Dolphin, Holland Cooper, Hydroscot Energies, FES, Deloitte, Edwin James Group, Bridgend Aggregates, Pickering’s Gin, James Paterson & Sons, Blaser and James Keiller Estates.

The event that embodies fun, good sportsmanship and the kindness of others presented a special award to Grant Yorke, of Yorkes of Dundee Butchers. Grant, who has been involved in the Shoot from the beginning, was presented with the Jim Paterson Award for Kindness and Generosity in recognition of his tireless support of the event and his unreserved willingness to help others. Only handed out in exceptional circumstances, Grant was, in fact, an easy choice for this year’s award.

Gerard Eadie said: “I have always felt that the guests and participants of The Shoot are like an extended family. We come together each year and the generosity that is shown to each other and the charities – chosen because they have a special meaning to many of those present - is always overwhelming.”



King of the penguins shoots and scores £16,000 for charity


 A 6ft statue of a king penguin is sitting with his feet up today after netting a cool £16,000 for CR Smith boss Gerard Eadie’s 16th charity clay pigeon shoot, taking the total amount of funds raised by this year’s event to £240,000.

The Shoot, organised by Mr Eadie’s Shoot Charitable Trust, took place on Sunday (13 Aug) at Auchterhouse Country Sports, near Dundee.

Attracting 41 teams of shooters and a total of 365 guests, including players from the Glasgow Warriors and style icons Sarah Murray and Anna Freemantle-Zee, the event raised £120,000 each for JDRF, the leading type 1 diabetes research charity and Maggie’s cancer centres.

The total raised by The Shoot is now £2.94m, which has been donated to a number of charities.

Celebrity chefs Nick Nairn and Tony Singh took part in the competition along with comedian Fred MacAulay, while The Overtones and Joe Stilgoe performed. Fashion shows were provided by Drapers award winner Jane Davidson. 

Gerard Eadie CBE said:

“Each year The Shoot goes from strength to strength and we are fortunate to have the support of a generous group of people, who help us raise funds for two worthy charities.

“It has become increasingly clear to me how much our contribution means to the families these charities support.

“Cancer and type 1 diabetes can be particularly hard when they hit anyone, especially children, leaving families facing life-changing challenges.

“The money raised at The Shoot gives hope and comfort to those families, which I’m very grateful for.”

A MINI Cooper was raffled and the live auction added to the excitement of the day, featuring items such as a Glen Scouller painting, a VIP package to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a luxury villa in Marbella, as well as the stunning penguin sculpture.

Painted by Janice Aitken from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, the ‘King of The Shoot’ is dressed like a true country gent with tweeds, a checked shirt and a shotgun. He is part of a colony which will see giant sculptures of penguins waddling the streets of Dundee in next summer’s Penguin Parade. Each sculpture will be individually designed and painted by local artists where they will all eventually be auctioned in aid of Maggie’s.

The Shoot is sponsored by CR Smith, Adam & Company, Blaser, Bridgend Aggregates, FES, Hydroscot Energies, James Keiller Estates, James Paterson & Sons, Pickering’s Gin, Ramco, Rolls-Royce Edinburgh, Entier, Arnold Clark and Yorkes of Dundee.



Charity clay pigeon shoot raises record £270,000

Forty-two teams of shooters and a total of 380 guests raised a record £270,000 at an annual charity clay pigeon shoot that took place at Auchterhouse Country Sports, near Dundee last weekend (August 14th).

The money raised at The Shoot will be split equally between Maggie’s Cancer Centres (Dundee) and JDRF, the type 1 diabetes research charity. For each, the £135,000 donation represents a significant injection of cash.

Now in its 15th year, The Shoot has raised more than £2.7m for various charities and attracts widespread support from the shooting community, businesses and celebrities for its full day of competition, hospitality and entertainment. This year guests were treated to a cookery demonstration led by chef Tony Singh, and assisted by comedian Fred MacAulay, while Scotland and Glasgow Warriors rugby stars Al Kellock, Johnny Gray, James Malcolm and Adam Ashe hotly contested the shooting prizes.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Aston Martin Edinburgh added to the prestige of this year’s event, which also saw one lucky raffle winner drive away in a MINI Cooper.

Music and the dancing was led by Soul Brothers.

The Shoot is organised by CR Smith boss Gerard Eadie CBE’s Shoot Charitable Trust:

“This was a fantastic day. To raise so much money is a measure of the spirit of generosity and friendship that The Shoot generates. We have a lot of fun but raising money is at the heart of what we do.”

Speaking of the charities, he said:

“Both JDRF and Maggie’s are helping change and improve people’s lives in very different ways.  JDRF’s dedicated research will help find the cure to type 1 diabetes and potentially unlock other auto-immune conditions such as MS and Crohn’s; while through its services Maggie’s finds a way to give those living with cancer and their families a calm and more positive perspective on their lives. Both are extremely important to thousands of families here in Scotland, offering hope and comfort.”

Lydia Warrilow, Regional Fundraising Manager for JDRF, added:

"JDRF is very grateful to all who made the Auchterhouse Shoot such a great success, from those who helped organise and run the event, to the sponsors and all the participants and guests. We're humbled by the generosity of each and every donation. The amount raised is truly fantastic and will go towards supporting vital research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes."

The Shoot sponsors also include Adam & Company, Entier for the catering, Yorkes of Dundee, CR Smith, Ramco, Borland Insurance, James Keiller Investments, Arnold Clark, James Jamieson Construction, Le Chameau, McCloys Guns Unlimited and LAING Edinburgh.